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Duquette: 'When you're close, got to do what you can'


Duquette: 'When you're close, got to do what you can'

BALTIMORE -- Dan Duquette had a busy day, adding and subtracting players. His prize was adding outfielder Gerardo Parra froutfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers. The price was Triple-A pitcher Zach Davies.

Just before the deadline, the Orioles sent Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for minor league outfielder Junior Lake. The Orioles needed flexibility in the bullpen and for now have added Mike Wright from Norfolk and Mychal Givens from Bowie.

To make room for Parra, the Orioles designated first baseman Chris Parmelee for assignment.

"We were able to make a couple of trades to help our team and try to get ready to get back to the playoffs. We're real happy and excited that we were able to pick up Parra. He's one of the top hitters in the National League this year and he fits the profile of an every day position player for us,” Duquette said.

“Two-time Gold Glover, he can hit against left- and right-handed pitching and he's very good at getting on base. He's got some really good numbers at the top of the order. He's a good set-up hitter and a good defender to play in the field. That should keep our defense strong, help our pitching, and his presence at the top of the lineup should be real additive. That's an ingredient that we've been missing and we're glad to have him join us."

The trade was completed Friday morning.

"The price is steep this time of year because there's a lot of teams that are chasing a couple of good players,” Duquette said.

“I saw during our research on Parra, he's the leading hitter in the big leagues since May 1 in terms of average. He's been hitting the ball really well. He's desirable to a lot of teams, so the cost is significant. We gave up a good young pitching prospect in Zach Davies.”

The Orioles begin play on Friday night two games behind Minnesota for the second wild card spot.

“It's a credit to our farm system that we have the players available to trade. And again, I think when you're close and you have a chance to get into the playoffs, you've got to do what you can around these deadlines to strengthen your team and keep going toward the goal,” Duquette said.

The Orioles needed to add pitchers who had options in Wright and Givens.

“We have some younger pitchers who are going to come up and join our team that have options, but also have a lot of talent. Mike Wright's been here. He's done a nice job. Mychal Givens has been here. He's done a really good job in Double-A,” Duquette said.

“Invariably in our conversations with other teams, after Kevin Gausman the two pitchers they wanted next was Mike Wright and Mychal Givens. So other teams have identified as ready for the big leagues. So now, we are going to give them an opportunity.”

Duquette said he had a hard time letting Norris go.

“That was a tough decision. Bud had a really good year last year, really good,” Duquette said. “This year he hasn’t been able to reestablish that. We tried him in the starting role. We transitioned him to relief, and he just didn’t have a lot of success. We’re going to try and find a spot for him with another club. That was a disappointment, I think. I know it’s a personal disappointment for me. I was disappointed we couldn’t help him perform more or he couldn’t perform better this season because he had a great year last season.”

Duquette said there wasn’t any interest in Norris from other teams.

“We explored that with every club we talked with. He’s not throwing the ball real well right now,” Duquette said. “He’s a veteran pitcher. He’s healthy. That’s what’s puzzling. I’m disappointed we couldn’t find a solution to that.”

Duquette said that he would continue to look for pitching in August, which will be more difficult because players have to pass through waivers.

“We’re always looking to add pitching,” Duquette said. “There’ll be a little bit of a lull in the transfer of players from team-to-team, but there will be some other opportunities. We’ll be looking to add to our team.”

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 


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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense


David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."